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Former Shetland Islands Council boss condemns report

David Clark
David Clark left Shetland Islands Council in February

The former chief executive of Shetland Islands Council has attacked Audit Scotland's draft report into the events surrounding his departure.

The decision to give David Clark a reported £250,000 pay-off caused local uproar earlier this year.

In a draft report leaked to BBC Scotland last week, Audit Scotland said it found little evidence of leadership at the council.

Mr Clark has now claimed the draft report is misleading.

The report criticised the process for recruitment and selection.

And it found that when Mr Clark started work there was no formal process in place to appraise and manage his performance.

'Personal attack'

On his reported pay-off, the financial watchdog said it was of serious concern that a significant amount of public money had been spent to settle the case.

In his response, Mr Clark said: "This report is shoddy, inaccurate and misleading."

Mr Clark also accused Shetland's two parliamentarians - MSP Tavish Scott and MP Alistair Carmichael - of a "gross abuse of power" for interfering in the running of the affairs of the council.

Mr Scott replied: "I am surprised and disappointed by this personal attack on Alistair Carmichael and I."

The local authority announced in February that Mr Clark, who became its chief last June, was leaving by "mutual agreement".

Protesters angered by the pay-off had gathered in Lerwick in the wake of the news.

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